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Old 04-12-2015, 03:12 PM
 
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I just read the Amazon blurb -- that sounds like a fascinating book. I might have to stop posting on Facebook, just in case.

It's now on my "to read" list.

Thanks!
Yes, the book was great. I am now reading The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by the same author (Jon Ronson).
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Well, I viewed the adoption as the natural flow of events. It was the only thing that didn't take me by surprise. I was expecting that one.

I did not start hyperventilating until around 73% in. I'm serious about that. I thought we were in calm waters but that did not last long at all. Bam! Pow! OMG! Three major events blindsided me. I was so upset and pretty much remained upset throughout the rest of the book and when I finished it I just sat here in an almost catatonic trance.
You must have been hyperventilating earlier -- at 46% (around page 335-340) -- as well. Because... Caleb!
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Texas
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You must have been hyperventilating earlier -- at 46% (around page 335-340) -- as well. Because... Caleb!
Nah, at 46% I was trying not to run screaming from the house.
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I had to take a break after that. Crazy.

Pinetree -- how far into it are you? Ketabcha must be on pins and needles for one of us to finish, and I'm not even half done.

ETA: Pinetree -- never mind. K told me.

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Old 04-12-2015, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Calgary, Canada
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So desperately want to check out A Little Life after all these posts about it!!
Low on funds though and all copies checked out ALL libraries in the city, is there somewhere I can read a sample or something? Thanks guys!
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Texas
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So desperately want to check out A Little Life after all these posts about it!!
Low on funds though and all copies checked out ALL libraries in the city, is there somewhere I can read a sample or something? Thanks guys!
Amber, do you have an e-reader? If so you can read a sample of the book at amazon.com.

A Little Life: A Novel - Kindle edition by Hanya Yanagihara. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

On the right side margin of the page is a box about 9 inches down from the top. You can download the sample from there.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm having trouble moving on from A Little Life. Settling in with another book has been difficult. Finally I slid into Before Women Had Wings by Dorothy B. Schweitzer. It just might be a fit for what I need right now. Hard to tell at this point since I am only 3% into the book but it does have possibilities.
Gosh, I'm replying to my own post. How embarrassing.

Before Women Had Wings did not work for me. I tried a couple of other books and even went back to my old standby Alas, Babylon which I have read more times than I can count and that didn't work either although I love that book.

I have around 900 books on my kindle. Wouldn't one think that I'd find something? Nope, A Little Life has been too much with me.

So, I finally landed on The Perseid Collapse by Steven Konkoly. He wrote The Jakarta Pandemic.
I believe I have been cured of the stunning experience of A Little Life. I'm reading again.

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Old 04-13-2015, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Well, I have been waiting impatiently for a while for April 14 to come along. And that was because I thought that was the release date for a book I've been waiting impatiently to read. Not that I could remember exactly just what that book was, only that I was looking forward to it. So today I check my Amazon wish list to see just which book that might be, and I am completely discombobulated. I cannot find any book on my wish list with a release date of April 14! I could swear I saw it there just a few days ago and I held off buying other books simply because I was waiting for this one. What in the world....?!

Is anyone by any chance aware of any particularly desirable book with a release date of April 14th? Perhaps in the Fantasy or Science Fiction categories? Or maybe Literature? Probably not a 'popular' book?

I have looked through my Amazon 'recently browsed' lists and through the 'new release' lists and I still have not come across anything I would consider unmissable.



So in the meantime I am reading Magic Street by Orson Scott Card.

ETA: hehehe. I used 'impatiently' twice.
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Canada
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So desperately want to check out A Little Life after all these posts about it!!
Low on funds though and all copies checked out ALL libraries in the city, is there somewhere I can read a sample or something? Thanks guys!
Amber, you can download a free Kindle reading app on any computer and once you have that, you can read a free sample. Just remember to go to Amazon.ca and not Amazon.com.
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:23 AM
 
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I started a series of detective fiction about Charlie Resnick by English author John Harvey written/set in the 80s--so the series is definitely not new...
Book 3 has the creepiest likely criminal and some awful crimes...
I have had to stop reading 4-5 times when I get to a part that seems especially threatening -- like covering my eyes watching a scary movie--yes, I still do that in movies....
The writing I find is very direct and personal--the main character Charlie Resnick is kind of a down at his heels Detective Inspector, shabby and getting older, divorced from his unfaithful wife...he loves American blues--sort of like Rebus and DCI Banks...loves cats...and is just very good at solving crimes but not solving his own problems...

I don't know if I can finish this book-- #3, called "Cutting Edge"...

to me -- my anxiety is mark of excellent writing...
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